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Sue Jean Wilson

sue-jean-newspaperSue Jean Wilson, 76, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at her residence. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of Willie Faye Shelton Peters and the late Eugene Haynes “Pete” Peters. Mrs. Wilson retired from the Unicoi County School System after 27 years as a teacher and administrator. While serving in education for Unicoi County, Sue Jean had the opportunity to serve as the First Congressional representative on the Tennessee Education Association’s board of directors for three years. She was elected in 2006 to the County Commission where she served two terms until 2014. During her second term she was selected by her fellow commissioners to serve as Chairwoman. Mrs. Wilson was then elected to serve on the Erwin Board of Mayor and Alderman in 2012 and had recently been re-elected for a second term on November 8, 2016. She was a member of Erwin Presbyterian Church and had recently attended Ninth Street Baptist Church where she was a member of the hand bell choir. In addition to her father, Sue Jean is preceded in death by her husband W.A. Wilson, sister Mary Judith Peters Waldrop, paternal grandparents Thomas Hugh and Minnie Belle Binkley Peters, and maternal grandparents Melvin Madison and Charlie Pearl Shelton.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Sue Jean Wilson has left behind to cherish her memories:

Son: Kevin B. Ayers of Erwin;

Daughter: Amy Ayers Graham and husband, Mike of Clinton, TN;

Grandchildren: Dakota H. Ayers, Madison E. Kelly and Olivia Kelly;

Nieces: Leslie Piercy Rhinehart and husband, Bob of Asheville, NC;

Leigh Piercy Patton and husband, Mike of Asheville, NC;

Great Nieces and Great Nephews: Robert Lee Rhinehart;

Madison Piercy Rhinehart;

Alexander Lee Patton;

Charlotte Ann Patton;

Step-Children: Lora Moore Gilreath & family;
AOC (AW/SW) Larry A. Moore, US Navy retired & family.

Special thanks to all the members of the Erwin EMS, the emergency room doctors and nurses at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Chief Regan Tilson and the members of the Erwin police department for all their medical efforts and innumerable acts of compassion for our mother and our family. Each and every deed, no matter how small, has meant so very much to us during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Sue Jean Wilson in a Celebration of Life service to be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 3, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 200 Love Street, Erwin, TN. Greg Lynch will provide a eulogy. A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 12:00 PM and will continue until service time on Saturday at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, 185 N. Industrial Drive, Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Sue Jean Wilson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.